A fun filled 2014 is nearing the end. Our little family of five has a lot to be thankful for. We had an excellent year filled with fun, vacations, road trips, friends, and lots of laughs. As all kids do, my minis tend to get wrapped up in the whole Christmas commercialization. Halloween is over and instantly it’s Christmas. They’re young kids so it’s completely understandable why they get so wrapped up in ‘what’s Santa bringing for Christmas???!!??”
As a mom who’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, I try and try with all my might to get them to focus on the importance of Thanksgiving. This year we made a Wall of Thanks.
I went over with the minis what Thanksgiving was all about, some things I was thankful for, and why I was thankful for them. I then asked them to list out things they were thankful for. Some of them were beyond hilarious.
Just when I think they are embracing Thanksgiving and everything we have to be thankful for, I hear “I’m thankful for Christmas and all of the presents Santa’s going to bring me….right after we eat lots of turkey on Thanksgiving.”
Want to create your own Wall of Thanks? Do an image search on Google of the image you’d like to use (we used leaf cut outs, but also considered using pumpkins or turkeys) and print it out. Have the kids color them. Write what each person is thankful for in the middle. We taped our’s directly to the wall so they can be easily removed after the holiday (although I do plan on keeping these gems for the memory books). A Tree of Thanks is equally as easy to do: head to Michael’s craft store for a small fake tree (these range in price from lower than $10 to over $50, depending upon size) and use string to tie your leaves.
This post was originally featured on Ashlen’s blog, Kidspert.